TOSTIG’S TORTUOUS TRAVELS
Tostig’s European Tour continues. ‘Once I get to the Orkneys, it will be easy to sail to Norway to meet Harald Hardrada. He too has a claim to the throne and has an axe to grind with Harold’ said Tostig.
IS HARALD HARDRADA TOSTIG’S LAST HOPE?
Reports suggest that on 2nd June Tostig did indeed sail to Norway. He thinks that he has a ‘good idea’ that will appeal to King Harald Hardrada.
If Hardrada believes that any campaign with Tostig will succeed he is more stupid than he looks. Believe me when I say that he is doomed, he is really doomed. All Tostig’s ideas ultimately prove disastrous.
A BLESSING IN DISGUISE
On the 17th June, a Charter for the Holy Trinity in Caen was ratified by William and confirmed the status of the Abbey of the Holy Trinity. Work had started on this Benedictine monastery in 1062 as a penance to appease the Bishop of Rouen following William’s marriage to Matilda of Flanders.
Following the dedication of the Abbey, sources close to the Duke suggested that it was a further example of William’s godliness.
I believe that William is profiting from the Papal Blessing and that the dedication of the Abbey, at this time, is more than coincidence. I suggest that it is all propaganda, designed to woo the people of Normandy to follow William on some kind of religious crusade.
It seems that you can pull the wool over people’s eyes all the time.
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LONDON MONTHLY: 30TH JUNE 1066
Royal Press Release 1st June 1066
By Our Royal Correspondent
Eadgard of West Minster
‘Today, King Harold II sails from Westminster to join the Royal Fleet.
The Fleet will sail to the Isle of Wight and will stay there until the 8th of September.
The Phoney War Continues
There is still the feeling amongst some of the King’s aides that it will ‘all be over by the end of summer’.
Reports from France tell of an army of men all along the Norman coast, building and fitting out ships of all sizes for carrying men, horses, provisions and weapons.
A Blessing in Disguise
On the 17th June, a Charter for the Holy Trinity in Caen was ratified by William and confirmed the status of the Abbey of the Holy Trinity, sources close to the Duke suggested that it was a further example of William’s godliness.
Robert The New Duke Of Normandy
Also on the 17th June, the following short court statement was issued:
‘Duke William hereby confirms that his son Robert will be proclaimed as Duke of Normandy should he fail to return from England.’
Does William Expect To Die?
With this official proclamation of his succession, is it the first sign of the vulnerability of Duke William. To leave Normandy in the hands of one so young speaks of William’s realisation of human frailty.
Last Month’s Quiz – ‘Where Will Tostig Go Next?’
The winner is Sigbert of Elesford and arrangements will be made to deliver his prize of a cow, donated by Rochester Abbey, as soon as possible.
Tostig’s Tortuous Travels
Tostig’s European Tour continues.
Harald Hardrada, Tostig’s Last Hope
Tostig thinks that he has a good idea that will appeal to King Harald Hardrada.
News from Europe: Germany June 1066
It is announced that his Imperial Majesty, Henry IV, King of Germany, has married Bertha of Savoy and Turin, daughter of Otto, Count of Savoy.
The Royal couple have been betrothed since 1055
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